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Anthony Hopkins is a ventriloquist psychologically tormented by his dummy in the Richard Attenborough thriller Magic (a film with a story that may seem familiar to those who have seen the Michael Redgrave segment of Dead of Night, or the Cliff Robertson episode "The Dummy" from The Twilight Zone television series). William Goldman based his screenplay on his best-selling novel. Hopkins plays Corky, a seedy magician who is hooted off the stage in the low-rent clubs that will stoop to hire him. But when he comes across a dummy named Fats, his career is energized. Corky sees in Fats… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In adapting his own best-seller, William Goldman has opted for an atmospheric thriller, a mood director Richard Attenborough fleshes out to its fullest."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Magic has few scary moments and is really a rather maudlin examination of a nervous breakdown."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Odd combo, but it's creepy and generally works."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Still creepy story of Hopkins and his psychotic dummy."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Although it's well-handled by Attenborough and features decent supporting turns from Ann-Margret and Ed Lauter, the key source of Magic's terror is the fact that ventriloquists' dummies are and always will be disturbing."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"A hammed-up version of the old chestnut about the ventriloquist who is 'taken over' by his dummy, clumsily adapted by William Goldman from his own novel."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It makes you feel uncomfortable in your own skin."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A very well-crafted suspense-thriller that unfolds with one dramatically tense scene after another. Hopkins is superb."
‑ Chuck O'Leary,
"Good cast can't keep this thriller afloat."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Magic is neither eerie nor effective. It is, however, very heavy of hand."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Because of Hopkins, because of Ann-Margret (who hardly looks like that Ann-Margret, adeptly proving herself as an occasional dramatic actress), and because of Burgess Meredith as well as Fats the dummy, "Magic" is one of the top-notch films of the 1970s."
‑ Rory L. Aronsky, Film Threat
"Very likely to produce nightmares."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"It's no dummy!"
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (
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